Txtr to Power the Acer LumiRead eBookstore

The German eReader maker Txtr is coming out of the shadows and is starting to draw more attention to its products and services.

Txtr is best known for announcing an eReader in 2009 and then cancelling it in 2010. But that’s not all that Txtr does. It also developed and licensed the eBookstore for the Acer LumiRead (and others). Txtr also develops reading apps, both its own and for other companies. For example, it built the iOS app for the Bol.com eBookstore.

Txtr was in the news last week when it was revealed that 3M, a major manufacturer, had invested in Txtr. 3M had also announced a couple weeks ago that it would soon launch the 3M Cloud Library, a new library eBook distribution platform with its own integrated e-reader. Txtr is the one developing the platform.

The Acer LumiRead eBookstore was available on the Iconia Tab A500, Acer’s first Honeycomb Android tablet, when it launched back in late April. It will also soon be available as a stand-alone reading app. It has upwards of 400 thousand titles available now in PDF and Epub formats, with 50 thousand titles available in German.